she’s mine!

Coconut is mine, and so far I am looooving it! Yes, there’s a lot of work to be done. Funny thing, when you have a better quality boat that is actually worth investing money into, there’s a higher quality people who want to help. I think it’s great! Every night at least two people stop by to not only see the boat, or see the boat again, or to say “hi” and see how the dogs and I are doing.

I love Coconut so much so that I counted all the drawers, cabinets, doors and hanging lockers. I have five doors and three hanging lockers. The drawers and cabinets each are well into the 20’s and 30’s, I lost count there are so many! Aah! It’s amazing. I try not to cry when I dust off a drawer and put stuff in it! It’s a really big deal for me, so please bear with me.

I’ve got a long list of projects that I need to do to get the boat liveable, followed up with a haul out at the end of the month along with fixing leaks and cosmetic issues. It’s all doable, as the skin and bones of the boat are solid. I’ve been sleeping on the boat for the past week and have migrated from the sofa in the saloon to the aft cabin (that does need the most cosmetic work of it all).

I’m so thankful to have the help that I have, to have friends who are willing and excited to help me complete projects and help order parts and what not. I’m happy to be moving away from “survival mode” that I was in on the other boat. I can actually come home and relax and make a meal without putting up much of a fight.

I’m feeling a little more sane and human. A little less like a rabid animal.

My little fluffs can’t get down the steps, but that’s kind of a relief they can’t run in and out anymore.

To be continued!



I’m a big believer in just letting things happen rather than trying to force it. If it’s meant to be, it will work out. If not, just let it go and move on. That way when the right opportunity comes up not only do you know it, but it’s effortless. This boat search has felt a lot like online dating, to be honest. Weird comparison, but hear me out!

The ad makes the boat look great. All polished, new wood with lots of character. “Wow, I’ve GOT to check this one out!” I think. “HEY (insert friend who might be around that day) come check this boat out with me!” You get all excited wondering if this boat is going to become more familiar to you or not. Disappointment sets in as we walk up to the vessel. You can see it’s tattered canvas, the algae on the deck, the sad state of the running and standing rigging that the ad claimed was brand new.

It doesn’t hurt to look at boats and to talk to the owners regardless (if they even are the owners!) Those photos in the ad were obviously dated, and like with dating, that handsome and active man I thought I was going to meet ended up being an out of shape dud. A friend who had also scouted Craigslist during his boat search said “it’s always the same boats that are for sale, I don’t know why people won’t just lower the price to sell the boat.” It’s funny because it’s just like online dating! I’d go on a few dates, end up being disappointed, would cancel my account. I’d give it another go a year later only to see the same guys still on the site! If only they lowered their standards! 😉

With that, I’ve been talking to as many people as I can about my boat search. Every week I physically look at at least two boats and search the web for plenty more. One day this past week I’d had a really busy day after work, for some reason I just kept running into people I knew and hadn’t seen in a while. Like 10 of them. And then there was a going away party. Of course I saw even more people there I hadn’t seen in a while. I gave them my whole “I’m looking for another boat, I’m going crazy on this tiny little thing!” spiel.

I didn’t think much of it until I got a text the next morning from a diver named Jack. I didn’t see Jack, but someone I was ranting to did. He had been trying to sell a boat for a client of his for over a year. The price had just been lowered to a killer deal, and I was the first to find out about it. I looked at the ad, thought the boat was beautiful, and professed on Facebook about how awesome and too-large-for-me it was. Someone quickly started drooling over it. Then everyone else started drooling over it…….Was I passing up a good opportunity?

A little bit of a back story, the previous weekend I had been in SoCal visiting friends. Lucky me, I’d recently met a fellow who had just sailed his boat down to SoCal. I got in touch with him and it turns out he wasn’t too far from me. AND, he wanted to take me sailing. UH, OKAY! Did he tell me what kind of boat he had? I’m sure he did. I hadn’t heard of it, so it went in one ear and out the other. It was a double ender center cockpit around 34′. It had a really neat layout and felt like a 40’er. I really love double enders, and I love center cockpit layouts below so it was cool to see the two combined. My friend had gotten his for a really great price from his neighbors in Hawaii. He’s sailed it from Hawaii to SF, and from SF to LA and absolutely loves it.

When I started to question if I was passing up a good opportunity or not, I looked at the Craigslist ad again. WAIT! Double ender center cockpit! 35′! I texted my friend and asked if he had a Fantasia 35′ and he said yes. So I was basically being offered the same boat he had at half the price he got his for. By the time I realized this, it was a little late. The guy who was taking interest in it (Sorry Adam!) had asked several people on a FB page about it and I chimed in that I was going to look at it that evening. “Can we come?!” they asked. “Of course!” I said… realizing later that might not have been the best answer so long as these other people are just going to look rather than purchase.

I’m glad they all came, though. It’s always good to bring another set of eyes. It ended up being 6 people total viewing this beauty. I admit, she’s got a lot of work that she needs. She’d be so much more comfortable to live on. I’d get my sanity back! And I’d be able to cook again! And I’d be able to find stuff and store stuff and not have to deal with having to stuff things in bags and dropping them into an awkward open box. This boat has drawers, you guys. Drawers everywhere! And cabinets, with SHELVES! And a work room for storage of tools (ok, that’s not the most exciting part for me, but it’s still really cool)! I can’t pass this up.

As of next week, if everything goes well I’ll be the new owner of s/v Coconut! 


boat search updates!

I’m getting warmer in selecting my next boat. I’m still struggling with the “do I get one I can just move aboard and not sail? I am about to lose my sanity and sanity needs to be restored” and the “No, I should really get something that can sail. How am I going to go to the raft ups? I need to go to the raft ups.” I’m still talking to as many people as I can, which is great because then people I haven’t seen in months hear I’m looking for a boat and they know of someone and relay the message. One of my former neighbors is selling his beautiful 32′ Challenger. He did some really amazing wood work down below, installed a fixed butcher block for the counter top, and a copper sink to boot! He lived on it for several years, so of course it’s ready for me to move aboard. She does need a haul out, new sails, new rigging, fresh deck paint, etc. I swore I wouldn’t take on a project boat, but I know how much Scott has put into this boat and it wouldn’t be a bad boat to live on and cruise on. Not without a lot of work first.

There’s also an Islander 30′ and Catalina 30′ that I’m looking at that have been on Craigslist and Latitude 38. Two great boats, one is considered more sea worthy than the other, but both a huge step up from what I’ve got right now.

The Islander 30 apparently has new rigging and sails, new deck paint, new vinyl cushions and a newly refinished teak holly sole. It looks great, but it’s missing an engine. I haven’t seen this one in person yet, so I’ve learned that sometimes people did work 10 years ago and they consider that new. I have a sailor friend who is a fan of electric motors and could easily install one, so it’s could be a positive that there’s nothing in there now.

The Catalina 30′ is in great shape, it’s a 1980 and has only had two owners. It’s had minimal upgrades, but good ones at that. Not a lot of junk on the deck, the paint job is still good, the sails and rigging are in decent/good shape, etc. The major problem with that one is that the engine isn’t working. It’s a diesel engine, the previous owner removed the gasoline engine and installed the Yanmar. It looks to be in great shape, there’s no paint chips anywhere and the hoses are nice and clean. It started having an issue, so the owner took it to a really well known boat yard. In their care it stopped working completely, and then some more stuff happened (you can tell I really know a lot about engines!) and now they want another couple of grand to fix it. Since this recently happened, I’m trying to get the owner to sort it out with the boat yard. I don’t want to inherit problems that could easily be fixed through the right channels, so that’s in the works right now.

What boat I’ll end up in, I have no idea. I’m excited to get a new home! I’m excited for moving forward in life, and to new adventures! I am thankful that so many people are helping me along the way (I’ve lost count but probably about 50 people are helping me in this search right now, as all have expertise in different areas).